JFein from Fire Andy Reid Now simulated this section of the bracket. The results will have you shocked…..so come with me after the jump!
#1 Kansas vs. #16 Lehigh
The Lehigh Mountain Hawks gave the Kansas Jayhawks quite the run for their money…..for the first 6 minutes of the game, that is. The Mountain Hawks took an early 13-8 lead but it was at that point that the Jayhawks decided it would be a good time to wake up and beat a team. Aldrich led the Jayhawks by connecting on 6 of 8 FGs while Xavier Henry went 3 for 5 from down to lead the team in total points in a 76-59 Jayhawk win that really was not as close as the score indicates.
#8 UNLV vs. #9 Northern Iowa
Another yawner in Oklahoma City. This time it was the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels who came back from an early deficit to take a lead and never look back, winning it 69-58 over Northern Iowa. It was interesting enough in that the Panthers were within striking distance all game, yet they were never able to make a run and actually strike.
#5 Michigan State vs. #12 New Mexico State
The first exciting game of the Midwest region! The Spartans lead by as much as 16 in the first half, but the Aggies roared back in the most ferocious way, ending the 1st half on an 8-0 run to pull them within 5 of Sparty at the break. Sparty would go on a run in the 2nd half and again go up by 17 this time, but again the Aggies clawed their way back! They would not give up! With 37 seconds left, GILLENWATER TIPS IT IN TO MAKE IT A 1-POINT GAME!!! They would follow that up with a foul on Nix who would make both free throws making it a 3-point game. 13 seconds left, GILLENWATER FOR THREE AND THE TIE…..WAY OFF!!!! Rebound Sparty, the foul, and the Aggies would not threaten again. Sparty survives 80-76.
#4 Maryland vs. #13 Houston
On this night, Aubrey Coleman was a star, going 10 of 20 from the field and leading the game with 31 total points, but he was not enough in the last minute to overcome the Terps, who went into the last minute with a 3 point lead and never saw the lead go down from there. Terps beat the Cougars 81-76. While not the star of the night, Grevis Vasquez went 6 of 10 from the field with 16 points.
#6 Tennessee vs. #11 San Diego State
San Diego State dominated in the first half, taking a 2-point lead into the break after dominating play, but in the 2nd half, Tennessee went on an 11-1 run over the course of 2 minutes to seemingly take control of this game, up 58-49 San Diego State battled back to take a 61-60 with lead with 6:06 to go! Could it be? Could the Vols go down in the 1st round? The second that people started asking these questions was the second that Tennessee turned it into 3rd and 4th gear, winning the game 77-69.
#3 Georgetown vs. #14 Ohio
Talk about a back and forth first half! This was the type of stuff that one would expect from an 8-9 match up. Up and down the court, back and forth they went exchanging the leads multiple times. The half would end with Freeman missing a jumper and a quick pass to Keely of Ohio who buried a floater to give the Bobcats a 37-32 halftime lead! Georgetown would roar back in the 2nd half to tie game at 37. The back and forth hijinks would continue afterwards but then Ohio would get in the lead. 66-61 Ohio with under 2 to go! Freeman with the ball and he is fouled! Freeman makes both shots with 1:14 to go. They inbound it to Sims, misses it! REBOUND VAUGHN! HERE COMES GEORGETOWN! VAUGHN FOR THE TIE……NOOO!!!!!! REBOUNDED BY KINNEY WITH OF OHIO WITH 27 SECONDS LEFT!!!!! FOUL BY FREEMAN ON SAYLES WITH 23 TO GO!!!! SAYLES CONNECTS WITH BOTH!!!! 5-POINT LEAD!!! HERE COMES VAUGHN!!!!! A DESPERATION 3 WITH 12 SECONDS LEFT…….NO GOOD!!!!! REBOUND BY SAYLES!!!! AND THE FOUL WITH 8 SECONDS LEFT!!!!! COOPER MAKES BOTH FTS TO PUT OHIO UP BY 7!!!!! VAUGHN FINALLY CONNECTS WITH THE 3 WITH 3 SECONDS LEFT BUT IT DOES NOT MATTER!!!!!!!! THE 14TH SEEDED OHIO BOBCATS HAVE UPSET THE #3 GEORGETOWN HOYAS 70-66!!!!!!!!!
#7 Oklahoma State vs. #10 Georgia Tech
How do you spell blowout? I’ll tell you how you spell blowout: Oklahoma State dismantling Georgia Tech. James Anderson had 19 crucial points for the Cowboys as they took the big lead in the early going and never even thought about looking back. 73-58 Oklahoma State
#2 Ohio State vs. #15 UC Santa Barbara
All in all this was a very boring game that was never close, yet CBS could not pull away from because it was not that bad of a blowout. The final was 70-59 Ohio State but UC Santa Barbara never mounted a serious threat to a lead the Buckeyes held throughout the entire game outside of the first few minutes.
#1 Kansas vs. #8 UNLV
It was an exciting first half that was UNLV lead for most of it, but the Jayhawks were right there the whole time hanging with the lower #8 seed. The Runnin’ Rebels led it 37-36 at halftime. It would continue in the 2nd half but sure enough the Runnin’ Rebels would extend their lead with the help of Tre’Von Willis and Kendall Wallace. Wallace attempted 5 FGs in the game, all from beyond in the arc, and he connected on three of them with all 3 of those coming in a 2 minute stretch that saw the Rebels lead by as much as 14!!! Kansas would battle back, but in the end, they could never get the deficit back to single digits as the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels stunned the Jayhawks and pulled the upset on Kansas, 84-79!
#4 Maryland vs. #5 Michigan State
This was an epic back and forth game for the first 35 minutes of it that saw the scoreboards being lit up at a very entertaining right, despite the fact that Greivis Vasquez did not have his best game, connecting on only 5 of 14 FGs. That being said, once there was under 5 to go, Michigan State forgot how to make their shots but Maryland certainly did as they defeated Sparty 81-73 in a game that was much closer than the score would indicate.
#6 Tennessee vs. #14 Ohio
That, my friends, is the sound of the clock striking midnight on Cinderella in the ugliest possible fashion. 74-54 Tennessee.
#2 Ohio State vs. #7 Oklahoma State
The battle of the OSUs was a close game until Ohio State decided that 2nd halves were good times to go on a 9-0 run at a time when you were only up by 1. Even though they had ample time afterward, Oklahoma State never recovered from that and even though they were never down by more than 11, they would ever cut the lead would be 6 with 5 minutes and 36 seconds left. James Anderson had another solid game but Even Turner was the star on this day going 12 of 19 and getting a total of 27 points for the Buckeyes. 80-70 Ohio State.
#4 Maryland vs. #8 UNLV
Any game where the largest lead that any team had is a 4 point lead is bound to be a good game and this Sweet 16 battle between the Terps and the Runnin’ Rebels was no different. Vazquez was off, going only 3 of 12, but Tre’Von Willis put up another 20 for UNLV in this thriller that came down to the wire. I am not even going to try to transition on this one, but I will just take you to the play by play of the dramatic final 1:23 with the game tied at 64.
Mosley snags a rebound for the Terps after the miss by Willis. Tied at 64…..ADRIAN BOWIE PUTS IT OFF THE GLASS AND IN!!! 66-64 MARYLAND!!! BUT HERE COMES UNLV!!!! JONES TRIES A LONG THREE, OFF THE RIM AND OUT!!! REBOUND BY BOWIE!!!! 54 to go! Rebels playing defense in this situation…..Gregory a short shot…..MISSES IT!!!!!! REBOUND BY DARRIS SANTEE WITH 24 SECONDS LEFT!!!!! HERE COME THE REBELS!!!! WHAT WILL THEY DO HERE???? TWO TO TIE, THREE TO WIN, AND 24 SECONDS LEFT!!!! THEY ARE WAITING!!!!!! WAITING!!!!! STILL WAITING!!!!! CLOCK UNDER 10!!!!!!! CLOCK UNDER 5!!!!!!!! THEY KICK IT OUT TO JONES WHO FIRES UP A THREE FOR THE WIN…….OH HE MISSED IT!!!!!!!!!!!! MOSLEY SNAGS THE REBOUND AND THAT’LL DO IT!!!!!!! MARYLAND TO THE ELITE EIGHT!!!!!!!!!!! 66-64!!!!!!!!!
#2 Ohio State vs. #6 Tennessee
This Sweet 16 had a lot to live up to considering what we just witnessed, but damn, it did not even come close. Bobby Maze started the scoring with a pair of free throws 24 seconds in and Tennessee would never look back from that point. They look the lead then and they never trailed. Evan Turner had a solid day, but Tennessee dominated the boards by out rebounding tOSU 43-24 and Scotty Hopson was a house of fire, connecting on 4 of 5 from ThreeLand and going 8 for 12 in all for the day with 23 total points as the Vols punched their ticket to the Elite 8 by dismantling Ohio State 74-55.
So here we go! The Midwest region has come down to #4 Maryland and #6 Tennessee. Will Greivis Vazquez finally emerge with a game-changing performance? Can Tennessee continue what has been a dominating tournament thus far? Find out right now!
#4 Maryland vs. #6 Tennessee
TERPS! TERPS! TERPS! Greivis Vazquez did not have the world’s greatest game, but on this day, he did not need to. It was close for over a half, Tennessee even led by a couple at halftime, but with Maryland up by 1 with 11:10 to go, they could not keep it up. The Terps went on an 11-2 run that the Vols would never rebound from and thus it can be said: Twerps no more! The Maryland Terrapins are going to the Final Four! 66-56 over Tennessee!
Maryland and West Virginia are now in the Final Four. How will the other half of the bracket shape up? Tune in tomorrow for the remaining regions and then Thursday’s Final Four.
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